Dragon Ball Fusions Censorship Explained

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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Dragon Ball Fusions has been censored in its North American release. Only one thing was changed however: the swords. If you are familiar with Dragon Ball lore, very few characters use weapons, though they have become iconic, such as Future Trunks with his sword, or even Yajirobe. And in Dragon Ball Fusions, certain characters can perform sword special moves. However, rather than use a sword, it has been replaced with a stick for every single character. This only applies to physical swords however. Things such as energy blades formed around the hand or the Spirit Sword Vegito uses remain untouched.

There was no given reason for this by either Nintendo or Bandai Namco. At least until Censored Gaming released a video detailing a reason. In the video down below, they explained that through private messages on Facebook, Bandai Namco revealed the decision to change the swords into sticks was made by both Nintendo of America and Bandai Namco. Currently, there is no word if Europe will receive the same censorship on their version, which is set for release on February 17, 2017. There is more information as to what one employee thinks, but this cannot be seen as the official opinion of Bandai Namco.

The funny thing is that I actually thought these were supposed to be wooden swords for a long time, like maybe they would upgrade to a sword, like what Future Trunks or Janemba use. Did you think the same thing? Are you bothered with this change? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

About Jonathan Falu

I am currently a college student at Temple University as a MSP major in Emergent Media, and wish to one day be a paid video game critic. I currently do video reviews on the channel The Smartest Moron on Youtube over here: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheSmartestMoronReviews

  • Miqubi

    I take back my statements about not having to worry too much regarding Nintendo and third party games being at risk of getting the axe, after the swords to sticks conversion anything goes at this point…also Bandai Namco restored God Eater boobs scene and left untouched the SAO:HR version in the west (unlike the japan one) that must have been some decent pressure put on them by Nintendo…

    • Mr0303

      Their blood censorship was pretty idiotic as well, but at least we got the Resurrection for free.

    • Miqubi

      Censored gaming made a video about it saying you cannot even see the difference though, so heh there’s that…

    • Mr0303

      You can see the difference and I was pretty pissed about it, but uncensoring some other scenes and given that it was free with GE2 I was willing to forgive it. At least it seems that Bamco noticed that people were unhappy about it, so hopefully they won’t do anything similar in the future.

    • Miqubi

      I think that unless really forced Bamco won’t chop off stuff, they said they’re bringing Velvet unaltered and the only censoring they did recently was in Japan for SAO (probably related to CERO), either way good thing SK moved away from Nintendo platforms.

    • Mr0303

      Bamco have been a pretty good publisher overall, but we have to keep them in check. This PC culture is invading Japan so vigilance is required.

    • Miqubi

      LOL as I posted this they censored Berseria Laphicet getting stabbed I AM SORRY GUYS IT’S CLEARLY MY FAULT ANY GAME I MENTION WILL BE CENSORED.

      I’m gonna delete the account now…

    • Mr0303

      Well, balls.

    • Miqubi

      I have the power of censorship at my fingertips!


    • TylorW

      What happened with Berseria now?

    • Miqubi
    • Mr0303

      Also Bravely Default comes to mind when we’re talking about 3rd Party censorship on the 3DS.

    • Miqubi

      was that confirmed to be Nintendo? I thought it was SE.

    • Mr0303

      I’m not sure, but NoA is a suspect at this point.

  • Mr0303

    Nitendo of America’s censorship is beyond belief at this point. People should not support a product that is butchered in such a manner. Swords, FFS! I wonder what’s next.

  • Zeroroute(進路 の 零度)

    Meanwhile guns and language are okay

    • Guns and language epitomize ‘murrika, though.

      Nudity, swords, other cultures = literally Hitler.

    • Miqubi

      but swords are related to violence, so those should have been safe :/

    • Feniks

      Swords are phallic symbols. Also those are foreign swords.

  • MusouTensei

    Might as well cancel the EU release as far as I’m concerned, not wasting my time and money on censored shit.

    • Zeroroute(進路 の 零度)

      It’ll probably bomb stateside for being released the same week as Pokemon Sun and Moon

  • neptuniafan

    This really does not give me a good enough reason to get a Switch. Nintendo just went off my radar, now only Sony is my main console.

  • Panpopo

    I’m actually curious about the reasoning behind the changes. Will probably never know.

    Most changes can be attributed to money, and that they are betting fans may not notice the difference or (more likely hope) they not care. But this game is rated T right? Changing from swords to sticks will probably not be enough to lower the rating.

    I am uncertain how popular Dragon Ball is with children. But logically changes would not make sense unless there is possibility with making more money, as time and effort would be involved.

  • Go2hell66

    what in the hell

  • Brian OLeary

    That was a stupid more I think.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Good thing I played this in Nipponese.

    Why aren’t you learning Nipponese?

    • していますよ。

  • DariusQ

    Political correctness gone mad. NOA have lost their minds.

  • Carlos Mendoza

    so if all they censored was the sword then who cares but i do agree that it is kinda a weird and dumb censorship.

  • Marc Famolare

    So, Bandai Namco US is run by a bunch of p*ssies now, cool.